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Big Da-Dit-Da Class Graduated At New Naval Radio School (exclusive), 1941/03/06

Published 1941

"Noroton, CT: Several hundred enlisted men complete a course in radio engineering at the U.S. Navy school here and graduate as radio operators. Listen to them as they learn their 'Da-Dit-Das'." includes some sound of Morse code. (partial newsreel)

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Fly_Tardis - - February 5, 2009
Subject: Too disjointed
It's a shame there's not more of a flow to it.
Keep in mind that you're seeing one of the primary ways to handle messages in that day.
Christine, you may be "A TELEGRAPH TWIT", but I'm a telegraph OPERATOR. Can you say the same?
Oh, by the way.... those aren't teletype machines. They were called TYPEWRITERS. You may of heard of them. In fact these are modified typewriters known as a "MIL". Used specifically for telegraphy. Teletype machines of the day were much larger.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - June 15, 2006
Subject: Repeat After Me: Dit-Dit Dit-Da Da-Da Dit-Da Da Dit Dit-Da-Dit-Dit Dit Da-Da-Dit Dit-Da-Dit Da-Dit Dit-Da-Da-Dit Dit-Dit-Dit-Dit Da Dit-Da-Da Dit-Dit Da!
Newsreel story from World War II about the graduation of a class of telegraph operators. This has a fairly interesting and weird beginning where a teacher has the students repeat various letters of the alphabet in Morse Code, as das (dashes) and dits (dots). Then we get to see the sailors sending messages and operating teletype machines, and a little bit of footage of their graduation. An unusual bit of military history here.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.